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NDVR Cycle’s titanium breakaway travel bike gives you clearance to fly and wide tires

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For anyone that has ever traveled with their bike, it can be as big a pain as an expense since airlines seem to have it in for cyclists. So rather than have to pay up or label it as “sports equipment” (guilty), a travel bike could be worth its weight in gold exaggerated airline fees.

NDVR has a solution with some solid tech for the jet-setting cyclists out there with a made in USA titanium travel bike. It also sports some ample clearance letting you choose what kind of adventure should be had…

NDVR Cycle

There is nothing better than exploring by bike in different parts of the world and it would be even better to do it on your own bike! Even on a work trip, we’ve likely sat in our hotel room wishing we could get up early to ride, or do a midnight urban adventure. A travel bike makes that a more convenient possibility. To keep within the standard 62 inch (L x W x H total), baggage limit, a standard bike’s dimensions just won’t do.

We’ve seen a few versions out there from a production bike like the Ibis Tranny, to high-dollar custom frames using the pricey but solid S&S couplings. Ritchey Logic came up with their own coupling system that was as simple as it was practically invisible. NVDA Cycles liked it and incorporated it into their new titanium travel bike. To get things going, they’ve organized a Kickstarter offering everything from a hat to a bike with an adventure on it.

NDVR Coup 1

I dug up some pics I took at the 2014 NAHBS show for a better visualization on how it works. The seat/toptube interface is simple and add little in weight and a visual difference from a standard frame.

NDVR Coup 2

The downtube coupling sits at the bottom just in front of the BB shell. It uses a hinged clamp to cinch the tubes. Essentially you have just a couple of bolts you have to loosen and Voilà! NVDA Cycle says it takes only 5 minutes to assemble the bike, so that plus transporting could be worth the effort if you find yourself abroad often.

NDVR Fork

The bikes will be made in the USA and boast some nice features. Fender and rack mounts are standard fare, however even though their travel bike is presented with road wheels & tires, it has room for up to 40mm tires. Disc brakes and thru-axles front and rear complete this travel package.

NDVR Geo

Tech Specs:

  • Lifetime warranty
  • Handmade in the USA by the world’s best fabricators, craftsmen, and welders
  • American made 3/2.5 titanium size specific tubeset, which increases the frame stiffness for great handling and power transfer
  • All roads – ready to ride geometry – with unbeatable ride quality
  • Ritchey Breakaway hybrid coupling system for simple assembly
  • Premium brushed finish and etched graphics
  • Integrated tapered head tube 1.125 in. to 1.5 in. for uncompromising braking and handling
  • Internal routing shifter ports are electronic group and seat post battery mounting ready
  • Flat mount rear disc brake, 160mm rotor recommended
  • Replaceable rear derailleur hanger
  • Thru-axle front and rear
  • Rack and fender mounts
  • Standard English threaded 68mm bottom bracket
  • Seatpost diameter 27.2mm, 350mm recommended
  • Seat tube outer diameter (front derailleur clamp size) 34.9mm
  • Wheel size 700C/29 in
  • Accepts tire width up to 40c
  • Rear Spacing 142mm
  • 1x, 2x, or 3x drive system ready

Custom Integrated Travel Case:

  • Materials and fabrics are sourced and handcrafted in the USA
  • Premium quality
  • Minimalist, discrete design
  • Airline legal measurements
  • Offers style, protection for bike, wheels, accessories
  • Backpack, carry handles, shoulder strap for carry options
  • Internal compartments for kit and accessory stowage
  • Reinforced side wall with multi-density foam assure the highest protection
  • High quality double stitched ballistics nylon construction -1000d Cordura nylon, Urethane-Ether foam, and strategically placed inserts of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) plastic Allows for the convenient storage and customization afforded by a soft-shell design, along with the added protection of a hard case

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RiderX
RiderX
6 years ago

I have a Ritchey Breakaway in steel and it’s a really nice bike and the ride is indistinguishable from a regular steel frame. The same should be true for a decent titanium frame so this should be pretty sweet. The claim of five minute build time is questionable. It takes about 30 minutes to unpack and assemble a Breakaway because that involves putting on pedals, putting the bars in the stem, attaching cables, etc. Maybe the five minutes is just for the frame?

Any chance you could get pictures of the how the front brake is connected/disconnected? Or of their case?

Collin
Collin
6 years ago

Ritchey’s Ti breakway cross frame (albeit with canti’s) goes for $2400 all day long, and their new full carbon one is 3,000, although I’m not sure where they are built. For that price, you can get into the S&S coupled bikes which pack down slightly smaller. Nice looking but price seems steep for a bike that you’re not going to be riding as ton. My theory on a travel bike is as long as you can get some miles in on your bike in a cool location, who cares how nice it is. Its going to get dinged up over time, so it shouldn’t be something that expensive. I’m seriously looking at a steel cross ritchey breakaway, but at the same time, the 1200 or so for the frame (I have enough parts I wouldn’t have to invest much more to make it complete) is still pretty steep considering you can rent a bike in many areas for around $75 a day, plus most airlines charge you fees for checked bags, so you’re still spending money each way oversized or not.

Shanghaied
Shanghaied
6 years ago
Reply to  Collin

Production Ritchey frames are made in Taiwan, so that $1000 or so difference could be the accounted for by the fact that this one is made in the US. That said, I’ve always found Ritchey bikes to be a little over-priced. I really, really want a Timberwolf, but $1000+ for a production frame made in Taiwan is a little hard for me to justify.

ravi
ravi
6 years ago
Reply to  Shanghaied

password is ndvr

adps
adps
6 years ago

video needs password :*(

ravi
ravi
6 years ago
Reply to  adps

Mudrock we appreciate your feedback, the frames are fabricated in collaboration with Lynskey Performance in Chattnooga, TN. If you are interested in seeing the bikes or riding one we will be at the Sea Otter next week in MRY.

mudrock
mudrock
6 years ago

You show what looks like investment cast lugs from an old NAHBS but the sample bike shown is a fully welded frame. Does NVDR care to comment? Who makes the frame? Did you contact them? They’re obviously not going to meet their goal. The market has spoken.

anonymous
anonymous
6 years ago

You can license break-away from Ritchey, pretty sure those lugs are Ritchey’s and just for illustrative purposes.

craig
craig
6 years ago

Nice looking frame but visiting the Kickstarter page I see that there have been no pledges for a frame. That does surprise me.

Jim
Jim
6 years ago

Nice looking bike. The connectors in the third photo look like they may have been for the carbon road frame? The downtube coupling photos look like the ones Holland makes for their version of the licensed BA (they were at NAHBS too). Doesn’t look like Ritchey makes the Ti CX Breakaway anymore (don’t see it on website). I have one I picked up off of eBay several years ago and ride it at home as well as for travel.

readyshredyfreddy
readyshredyfreddy
6 years ago

Those wheels are sick though.

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